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Douglas County holds budget meetings for upcoming fiscal year

The county has a dwindling general fund, causing county entities to be conservative with their budgets.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 5:35 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 6:05 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County general fund is draining quickly, putting pressure on county branches to be conservative with their budgets.

Those branches pitched their budgets to the budget committee on Thursday and Friday.

At the beginning of this upcoming fiscal year, the general fund is estimated to be $46 million.

They have cut just over $5.5 million dollars from last year’s general fund spending, but they’re still looking at ways to cut spending.

“You and your staff do a really good job of making sure that you’re frugal over there, and doing the best that you can with the money," Commissioner Chris Boice said to District Attorney Rick Wesenberg. "That’s apparent not only in the way that you manage your budget, but also, when union negotiations come up with your staff, they’re the easiest to get through,” 

County officials said even with that large spending cut, the current rate of use of the general fund could lead them to finding different ways to draw in revenue, and/or reduce or eliminate “many services."

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